Living Healthy With Diabetes

12 Myths About Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes


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Insulin is forever

Not necessarily. Some people with type 2 diabetes may need insulin temporarily, such as right after they’re diagnosed or during pregnancy, whereas others may need to stay on it indefinitely.

Some people who lose a lot of weight (naturally or with the help of bariatric surgery) may find that they no longer need insulin, while others who lose weight may still need it.

(It largely depends on how much damage diabetes has done to the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.)

“It is not always a one-way street,” Dr. Crandall says.

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